When It Comes to Living With Uncertainty, Michael J. Fox Is a Pro.
Michael J. Fox writes with “upbeat pessimism” in his fourth memoir, “No Time Like the Future.”
Elizabeth Egan at The New York Times:
For an example of his new outlook, consider his perspective on traveling by wheelchair.
“It can be a frustrating and isolating experience, allowing someone else to determine the direction I’m going and the rate of speed I can travel. The pusher is in charge,” Fox writes. “From the point of view of the occupant of the chair, it’s a world of asses and elbows. No one can hear me. To compensate, I raise my voice and suddenly feel like Joan Crawford in ‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?,’ barking out orders.”
He continues: “Generally the person in control is a stranger, an airport or hotel employee. I’m sure that if we could look each other in the eye, we’d recognize our mutual humanity. But often in the wheelchair, I’m luggage. I’m not expected to say much. Just sit still.” Later, he adds, “No one listens to luggage.”
Fox has been living with Parkinson’s for 30 years. He writes:
Absent a chemical intervention, Parkinson’s will render me frozen, immobile, stone-faced, and mute — entirely of the mercy of my environment….
He used to be a believer in making lemonade out of lemons, but now, he writes, “Screw it — I’m out of the lemonade business.”….
“No Time Like the Future” is “a thinking person’s book about how you continue to find meaning through hard things,” says Bob Miller, the president and publisher of Flatiron, which is publishing the book.